Wargaming has been experimenting with virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) versions of its popular MMO World of Tanks for several years now, most notably launching World of Tanks VR as a location-based entertainment (LBE) experience in Russia last year. Next week the videogame will be rolled out to VR arcades worldwide using the Synthesis VR distribution platform.
World of Tanks VR was created specifically for the LBE market, featuring specific motion controller support so players can drive, aim, and shoot these war machines quickly and fluidly. Arcades will be able to offer 2-4 multiplayer battles with three tanks (LTTB, T-144, IS-3) offering their own strategic advantages and disadvantages available at launch. The LTTB is light and nimble yet poorly armoured while the IS-3 is a giant brute with plenty of power but very slow. That makes the T-144 the balanced medium tank.
With deathmatch and team deathmatch modes to chose from, three realistic maps (medium-sized summer – Citadel, small winter – Monastery, and large winter – Blizzard) featuring hilly terrain with all kinds of obstacles, shelters and destructible objects will be on offer. The matches are designed for high-velocity gameplay taking approximately 8 min per session with an optional tutorial and 2 battle rounds of 3 min each.
For VR arcades Synthesis VR mentions in a blog post that: “All LBVR operators will have access to license WoT VR without a subscription to Synthesis, making WoT VR available to every arcade non-exclusive of any management software.”
When VRFocus first tested World of Tanks VR we noted: “It’s very much a simplified experience; one designed less for the passion of tanks and more for the thrill of battle. That’s no bad thing however, as World of Tanks VR stands as an interesting LBE title that may introduce new audiences to the core online experience.”
Distributed directly through Synthesis VR’s content delivery network, World of Tanks VR will be made available to hundreds of arcades across the globe on Friday 13th September 2019. To celebrate the launch the companies will be hosting a World of Tanks VR Global Arcade Invasion Day featuring competitions and prize giveaways. For further updates on World of Tanks VR, keep reading VRFocus.
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Author: Peter Graham